Do you remember your first earning in your life ?Most of us have started earning after finishing our education and entering into a profession. However, even earlier while studying itself, some of us would have earned some money. The income this obtained need not be a payment for a job done, still that also is possible. Sometimes children will be getting some small amount as a present from relatives or from school. Whatever it may be as a child it gives much pleasure to him, especially when the same is used to buy something of his own choice.
In my case I remember the 'Vishu' day on which day mother used to give two 'anna' (equivalent to twelve paise) as a special Vishu day present. The belief is that if we get something on that day the year will be going to be rich. Vishu day is the first day of Malayalam month 'Medam', the first month of the year (Malayalam year). On that day others, especially those working in house, compound or field also come to receive this token gift.
This two Anna used to be my first earning and the same would be used to buy colourful matches, called 'mathappu' (when the match sticks are burned different colours appear for the flame).I have two brothers and a sister. Each of us get the same gift. Hence even crackers were also brought.